One of the most disappointing things with Duke basketball over the past few years is that fans never had a chance to see the real Harry Giles in a Duke uniform.
During his one year at Duke, the 2015-16 season, Giles was recovering from the 2nd major knee injury of his high school career, and it was obvious he was never 100%, mentally or physically.
Fortunately, after having a year to regain his confidence and build his strength, it appears he is getting back to himself in Sacramento for what will be considered his rookie season.
It was overshadowed by the debut, and subsequent injury, of Marvin Bagley to the Kings organization, but Giles has been a bright spot for the team during the first session of NBA Summer League. He’s drawing praise from his teammates, including NBA legend Vince Carter, and he’s showing the skills that made him the top ranked player in the class of 2016 prior to his injury.
Giles is also back to himself on the court, playing with an intensity and love of the game that’s contagious. Even during his one season at Duke as he struggled to find a role on the court, Harry’s smile and personality was regularly noticeable on the Duke bench.
He talks about his confidence in a recent feature by Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee. The story compares his game and demeanor to Kevin Garnett, and includes this great quote from Giles:
“Ever since I was a kid, I don’t care if we were trying to see who could spit the farthest or throw their gum the farthest, I want to win every time and be the best at it, that’s just me. That’s why I can’t play video games either, my intensity is too much.“
Hopefully this is the time where we finally get to see Harry Giles shine on the big stage.